Vital Man: Natural Health Care for Men at Mid-Life

By A, Thomas | International Journal of Men's Health, September 30, 2004 | Go to article overview

Vital Man: Natural Health Care for Men at Mid-Life


A, Thomas, International Journal of Men's Health


by Stephan Harrod Buhner. Wayne, NJ: Avery Publishing Group, 352 pp.

Having been in practice for almost 20 years as a naturopathic physician, I have come to the conclusion that all human beings possess an innate knowingness at a core level that allows them to understand, with the right presentation, what it is they need in order to foster their own healing, growth, and development. That we often do not listen to this and continue to cover the same ground time and time again is what makes our lives interesting and challenging. What it seems we need is a good kick in the pants or, better yet, a way of viewing the aging process in ways that allow us to step back and take a deep breath as we put things in perspective. Stephen Buhner accomplishes this in Vital Man by providing the reader with a down-to-earth perspective on aging, its challenges, the transformations encountered, the opportunities it presents, and ultimately its rewards.

One of the things that caught my attention immediately was the author's mixing of philosophy, psychology, common sense, humor, and a profound respect for the intertwining of them all. I'm a middle-aged man myself as well as being expected to possess the wisdom and knowledge that physicians and healers are expected to have. Vital Man quite adroitly places things in perspective in a manner that any man can understand and relate to.

The author presents an excellent overview of a complex subject -- that is, aging and the changes encountered -- educating the reader in easily understandable terms. …

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